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    International moving advice sought

    Anyone one experienced internationally moving (aside from military)? It's not me, but got to move my mom to central america in the next few months. She doesn't have much stuff to bring, but it definitely can't all fit on a plane
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    Quote Originally posted by Raf View post
    Anyone one experienced internationally moving (aside from military)? It's not me, but got to move my mom to central america in the next few months. She doesn't have much stuff to bring, but it definitely can't all fit on a plane

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    Quote Originally posted by Doohickie View post

    ROAD TRIP!!!


    Seriously, you probably need to line up a freight forwarder.
    Yea.. it just i don't even know where to begin aside from google and getting quotes here and there.
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    Quote Originally posted by Raf View post
    Anyone one experienced internationally moving (aside from military)? It's not me, but got to move my mom to central america in the next few months. She doesn't have much stuff to bring, but it definitely can't all fit on a plane
    Could you put it in a container and ship it by sea?

    http://www.exship.com/el_salvador.aspx

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Could you put it in a container and ship it by sea?

    http://www.exship.com/el_salvador.aspx
    That's basically what my friends did when they moved to the Dominican Republic last year for a job.
    • Don't take much with you
    • For the airplane, maximize your luggage with stuff you will need over the next 6-8 weeks
    • For the rest, ship in a container (which will sometimes take a while to arrive)

    Think carefully about what you take with you. Some things can be quite expensive overseas, but other things are sometimes reasonable/cheap. Furniture wasn't very expensive in the DR that I recall. What you do bring, consider how it will do in a humid, tropical climate. Oh, and finding a decent mattress is a bit challenging.

    If there isn't just a ton of stuff, you can consider subsequent trips to visit and bring it with you.

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    We did a number of international moves when I worked for Bekins Van Lines a gajillion years ago. They were all corporate-paid moves for high up execs that were going to be overseas for extended periods. FWIW:

    1) Sell everything she can sell and start over with new stuff at the destination.
    2) Hire a professional mover to load what she HAS to take with her furniture/furnishings-wise. They will pack the container that goes aboard ship and you want that sucker packed as tight as possible. Rough seas and high waves are completely unforgiving on poorly packed wood furniture. (She'll get a container full of sawdust otherwise.)
    3) Check the destination country for any restrictions/fees on household goods being brought to the new country. There may be taxes that will make it too costly to bring some things.

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    No No No... your all doing it wrong.

    When moving a good distance, determine what you cannot part with and liquidate the rest. Then for those things that you think you can't part with, try to whittle that down even further to the point where you are taking the absolute essentials for happiness. We had to make some hard choices, but we are very happy that we were no longer attached to those possessions.

    When we relocated, we were able to fit all the possessions for a family of 5 in 1/4 of a moving truck and the back of a suburban.
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    agree with selling as much as possible -

    ship only what you are okay with losing, though, to theft as I have friends who have magically lost things in shipping and carry what means the most to you
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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis View post
    No No No... your all doing it wrong.

    When moving a good distance, determine what you cannot part with and liquidate the rest. Then for those things that you think you can't part with, try to whittle that down even further to the point where you are taking the absolute essentials for happiness. We had to make some hard choices, but we are very happy that we were no longer attached to those possessions.

    When we relocated, we were able to fit all the possessions for a family of 5 in 1/4 of a moving truck and the back of a suburban.
    When I moved here-800+ mile move, I purged a lot of stuff. Granted, I didn't have much since it was a during the week crash pad. I used a moving company. Being newly single, I had, what my parents called, college kid stuff. I ended up buy stuff when I got here.
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